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  • The Roman Catholic Diocese of Motherwell is an ecclesiastical diocese of the Catholic Church in Scotland. The diocese, which was erected on 25 May 1947 from the Archdiocese of Glasgow, as of 2013, is without a bishop. On Tuesday 29 April 2014 - the Feast of St Catherine of Siena - Pope Francis appointed the Rt Rev Joseph Toal as fifth Bishop of Motherwell. In 2004, the Catholic population, proportionately the largest in Scotland and second largest in Great Britain, was 165,100 from a total population of 633,000. In 2012 the diocese was served by 65 parish priests, 7 assistant priests and 13 deacons in across its 74 parishes. There are currently 35 retired priests from the diocese and 4 who reside in parishes in the diocese. The area of the diocese is 1,178 square kilometres.

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